About us

 EPDIC16 is dedicated to all aspects of the analysis of polycrystalline materials by diffraction methods. The Conference will highlight the latest developments in powder diffraction including methodology, data analysis and instrumental advances. 

EPDIC16 will bring together practitioners from institutes, universities and instrumentation companies to discuss progress in academic and industrial research related to powder diffraction.

Committee & Speakers
Conference Co-chairs

Prof. J. Paul Attfield (University of Edinburgh)

Prof. Robert J. Cernik (University of Manchester)

Exhibition Organiser

Dr. Caroline Kirk (University of Edinburgh)

Local Organizing Committee

Prof. J. Paul Attfield (Chair)

Assoc. Prof. Jan Willem Bos

Dr. Caroline Kirk

Prof. Phil Lightfoot

Dr. Abbie McLaughlin

Prof. Malcolm McMahon

Programme Committee:

Prof. Robert J. Cernik (Chair) and EPDIC Committee members; http://epdic.ing.unitn.it/html/epdic_committee.html

Conference Programme

The conference programme of plenary sessions and parallel microsymposia will run throughout the mornings and afternoons of 2 - 4 July.

Invited plenary speakers will include the latest winners of the EPDIC Award for Young Scientists and the EPDIC Award for Distinguished Powder Diffractionists.

12 microsymposia will feature invited Keynote speakers and oral contributions selected from the submitted abstracts. Each microsymposium will have an allied poster session.

An exhibition will be held alongside the conference programme throughout 2 - 4 July. Potential exhibitors should contact Caroline Kirk; Caroline.Kirk@ed.ac.uk

For a detailed programme please click here

Social Programme

Drinks Reception

The drinks reception will be held on the evening of July 2nd at the Signet Library

The Signet Library is one of Edinburgh's finest Georgian buildings. Supremely elegant and historic surroundings set in the heart of Edinburgh, making the reception a truly memorable experience.

Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner followed by a Ceilidh will take place on the evening of July 4th at South Hall.

South Hall is found in the grounds of Pollock Halls, with Arthur's Seat its stunning backdrop. This Edinburgh First venue provides both a central location and a memorable setting for your conference dinner. It has a large oak spring dance floor, with plenty of space for dining and ceilidh dancing.


Abstract submission are now welcome for consideration for EPDIC16 which will be held in Edinburgh from the 1st - 4th July 2018.

Key Dates:

Call for Abstracts Opens: 2nd February 2018

Abstract Submission Deadline: 30th March 2018  Extended to 8th April 2018

Notification of Review Outcome: Late April 2018

Deadline for accepted authors to confirm attendance: 30 April 2018

Submission Process

Abstracts from award winners, invited plenary and keynote speakers, and any submitters wishing to make a contributed oral or poster presentation must be uploaded via the following online portal

Presenting Authors are requested to create an account and submit an abstract for review according to the guidelines set out below. Should you require any assistance or have a query about online submission please contact 16.epdic@ed.ac.uk

Upon successful submission of the abstract a confirmation email will be sent to the Presenting Author.

You do not need to register for the Conference prior to submitting an abstract however following acceptance into the programme you must register by the 30th April 2018


  • It is ESSENTIAL that you read the instructions below before you submit.
  • The Presenting Author must submit the abstract as a PDF and is required to be the corresponding author for that abstract
  • Abstracts must be in English
  • The PDF abstract including author names and affiliations will be published on the conference website and book of abstracts, please ensure that this will not raise any copyright issues.
  • Please note that you can save your submission as a draft and return to edit the submission, but once it has been submitted the abstract cannot be edited after the close of submission deadline. If you require any assistance regarding the submission of your abstract, contact 16.epdic@ed.ac.uk
  • Please provide keywords which are appropriate to your abstract.

Presentation Type:

An abstract can be submitted for presentation at the Conference as one of the following categories:

  • Oral Presentation (including invited Plenary and Keynote presentations)
  • Poster Presentation

At the review stage, the Programme Committee may change the presentation type submitted by the author to ensure the continuity of the conference programme i.e. oral presentation may be changed to poster presentation OR poster presentation to oral presentation. The presenting Author will be informed of any change to their submitted presentation type at the acceptance notification stage.

Oral presentations:

Contributed Oral presentations will be 20 minutes long.

Poster Format:

Accepted posters will be asked to produce a poster for display at the conference. Presenters are asked to take note of the following guidelines when producing their poster:

  • Maximum poster size is A0 (0.84 x 1.19 m) in portrait orientation
  • Keep text to a minimum
  • Ensure any text is in large font
  • Use graphs, charts, and/or tables
  • Ensure contents have a logical flow
  • Use the Velcro provided to affix your poster to the display board
  • Make it colourful
  • Removal and collection of posters at the end of the display period remains the responsibility of the presenter. Posters not removed by the indicated take down time will be removed and disposed of.


MS01: Emerging functional materials

MS02: Energy Materials

MS03: Methods in structure solution and refinement

MS04: Structure solution and refinement of complex structures

MS05: 3D XRD imaging and combined methods

MS06: New developments in instrumentation for sample environments

MS07: Nanomaterials: Structural, Microstructural and Surface Aspects

MS08: Total scattering studies and disorder

MS09: Pharmaceutical and biological materials

MS10: New Sources and Instruments for Powder Diffraction

MS11: Materials under extreme conditions

MS12: Microstructure phemonena in thin films

Invited Plenary and Keynote speakers only should submit using the Plenary Session theme.


Abstracts must be formatted using the EPDIC16 Template. Abstracts must be submitted in English and only PDF files will be accepted for upload.

Template Abstract

Submit Abstract


A limited number of Bursaries to offset registration and accommodation costs will be available.

Preference will be given to younger scientists depending upon country and situation.

To apply for a bursary, send a cover email to;

Dr Abbie Mclaughlin,


Subject email must be;

EPDIC16 Bursary request

You must attach;

- a copy of your EPDIC16 abstract as first author

- a CV including publications list

- a letter of support from your supervisor, group leader, or laboratory director

Bursary requests must be received as a single email by March 1st 2018.

Received requests will be acknowledged. Incomplete or late requests will not be considered.

Successful applicants will be informed before the end of March.


All registered participants who have an accepted abstract at the Conference are encouraged to submit a corresponding manuscript for publication in the EPDIC16 Proceedings.

Deadline for submission of manuscripts - 31st October 2018

The Proceedings will be published in the ICDD journal Powder Diffraction by Cambridge University Press (CUP) through their on-line platform Cambridge Journals Online (CJO).

Manuscript preparation and submission for EPDIC 16 proceedings.

Accepted manuscripts will be published in the online version of Powder Diffraction Journal, EPDIC 16 Supplement Issue, published by Cambridge University Press. Authors and EPDIC attendees will have access and be able to print published papers.

To assist in preparation of EPDIC 16 manuscripts, please refer to Powder Diffraction Journal Notes for Authors. You will find format requirements for the text, tables, figures and references. The link is:

Powder Diffraction Journal Notes for Authors, U.S. letter size (PDF)

You may also find it useful to refer to the example publication from the EPDIC 15 Proceedings shown here

Authors will submit their manuscript online using Cambridge University Press, ScholarOne. The link is:


New users of ScholarOne will need to register and establish a UserID and Password. If you have previously submitted manuscripts to Powder Diffraction using ScholarOne, you can use your existing User ID and Password.

When submitting your manuscript, you will be asked for article type, indicate Technical Article, and for submission type, under the Confirmation Section you can click on Please check this box if this manuscript is to be considered for EPDIC 16. Follow the online instructions for uploading the text files, tables and figures. Of special note, figures must be in tif (tagged image file) format or eps (encapsulated postscript) format.

Your manuscript will be reviewed by referees selected by three EPDIC Editors; Michela Brunelli, Robert Cernik, and Paolo Scardi. If your manuscript requires revisions, you will upload the revised manuscript through your ScholarOne account. All accepted manuscripts will be type set in Powder Diffraction Journal format, and publication page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author by email for final review.

For all accepted papers, a signed publishing agreement transferring full-term copyright to ICDD will be required. The copyright form is located at:


If you have any questions or problems submitting your manuscript, you can contact the Managing Editor for Powder Diffraction Journal, Nicole Ernst-Boris by e-mail (boris@icdd.com). In addition Tom Blanton (tblanton@icdd.com), ICDD Executive Director/Principle Scientist, will be attending EPDIC 16 and will be available to answer any questions.



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    John McIntyre Conference Centre

    Edinburgh First's extended conference and meeting venue features a 330-seat plenary room that can be configured to suit your needs, plus four large meeting rooms, two executive boardrooms and a stylish bar.

    John McIntyre Conference Centre rooms can be configured to accommodate between 16 and 330 delegates, is fully accessible, and comes fully equipped with state-of-the-art audio-visual kit.

    Conference delegates can take five on the open-air terrace overlooking Arthur's Seat, whilst Centro bar can host your informal, post-meeting discussions.

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    Signet Library

    The Signet Library is one of Edinburgh's finest Georgian buildings. Supremely elegant and historic surroundings set in the heart of Edinburgh, making the reception a truly memorable experience.

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    South Hall

    South Hall is found in the grounds of Pollock Halls, with Arthur's Seat its stunning backdrop. This Edinburgh First venue provides both a central location and a memorable setting for your conference dinner. It has a large oak spring dance floor, with plenty of space for dining and ceilidh dancing.